A new report written by John Pucher and Ralph Buehler, Analysis of Bicycling Trends and Policies for Large North American Cities: Lessons for New York, was recently published. It review trends in cycling levels, safety, and policies in large North American cities over the past two decades. Toronto is one of nine case study cities (four of the same cities were analyzed in TCAT’s report last year).
By comparing several North American cities, Pucher and Buehler found that “[c]ities with highest bike mode shares have the safest cycling, and cities with the lowest bike mode shares have the most dangerous cycling.” (Pucher and Buehler 2011, 35) Also interesting are the comparisons between Canadian and American cities. For example, in Canada the number of female cyclists has increased between 1996 to 2006 from 26% to 29% while the opposite has happened in the United States. (Pucher and Buehler 2011, 4) Their report is optimistic that the number of cyclists will continue to increase in North America.